Highlander - The Search for Vengeance (Animated)
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I'm happy to say that this film doesn't fit into either category. It has some excellent animation and doesn't walk all over the Highlander mythos (NO PLANET ZEIST). Now that being said I have to agree with the previous reviewer that the plot was kind of weak. For this reason I didn't give it 5 stars. However it didn't detract from my over all enjoyment of the film.
If your looking for comparisons I would have to say 2 parts Highlander + 1 part Vampire Hunter D + 1 part Ninja Scroll (same director for Ninja Scroll & Bloodlust).
I recommend this DVD to any fan of the aforementioned films. After watching this DVD I must say there is hope for the earlier mentioned franchise (The Crow). The Highlander has made a step forward with this superior animation. Perhaps next time we'll get a stronger story. I would love to see The Crow get this kind of treatment.
Highlander is a 1980s sci-fi/fantasy movie starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown. Christopher Lambert plays the titular role of the Highlander, Connor MacLeod of the clan MacLeod. Connor, born in 16th century Scotland is mortally wounded during a battle with the evil Kurgan played by Brown, but Connor does not die. Instead he heals with a supernatural rapidity. He's subsequently chased away by his kinsmen who don't see his recovery as miraculous, but instead view it as a clear sign of witchcraft. Enter Sean Connery as Ramirez, an immortal, Yoda-like figure, who sports one hell of a Scottish accent for a man with a Spanish surname. Ramirez takes it upon himself to give Connor a crash course in swordsmanship and the pros and cons of immortality. On the up side Connor will live forever, unless someone cuts off his head, but on the downside immortals can never have children. Another possible downer is that immortals must fight each other to the death (by beheading) during a time called The Gathering, though never on hallowed ground, until only one remains. There can be only one, and that one surviving immortal obtains The Prize.
Highlander succeeds on several levels. It's a great adventure with two great, but contrasting settings--the sprawling, bucolic Scottish highlands and the gritty, cramped streets of 20th century New York City. The New York setting places stakes the film's claim on within the urban fantasy sub-genre and as an added bonus there are engaging romantic elements. Highlander has great fight choreography, beautifully shot scenes and a lot of little touches that catapult it to the status of cult classic.Read more ›
Okay now deep breath. You still with me? Good, because "The Search For Vengeance" is an amazing anime and the best and most interesting thing to happen to the franchise since the TV series. Written by Highlander series and movie writer David Abramowitz, this is a new tale with a protagonist that predates both MacLeods. Colin MacLeod dies his first death in 125 AD in Roman Britain. After the loss of his entire village and wife, he swears vengeance, against his wife's dying wishes, on the immortal who carried out the atrocity, Marcus Octavius. What follows is a 2000 year chase to exact his revenge.
Right from the start the visuals are stunning, with very decent voice acting and good music to boot. The story is also very good, if a bit paint-by-numbers. What makes this story different than other Highlander films is Colin's single minded pursuit of Marcus. Around the world and through centuries, Colin battles Marcus repeatedly and only survives by luck.Read more ›
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Disappointed by all the live-action sequels to Highlander? Then here you go. Watch this and be disappointed no longer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeremiah
A great movie from my childhood. It tells the story in a different way, perfecting the original.
Has great animation. Read more
I guess I got spoiled with the live acting films. The choppy animation action and script didn't satisfy me as well. But it was okay for something different.Published 12 months ago by Jerry
Why was their not a sequel? This was a sleeper hit. I didnt even know of the anime version until I was on Amazon. I love it and wish their were more of these, what a shame. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JQ16
It was surprisingly good. I would consider this the sixth movie. It doesn't conflict with any of the live action movies at all, and is better than Renegades and The source, in my... Read morePublished 18 months ago by wildhellion
Seen this movie before super awesome. 5 star's cant beat the price highly recommend.Published 22 months ago by BackBone
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